Six Steps to a Blockbuster
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STEP ONE: Targeting Your Career
You must have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish
in your professional life in order to maximize the impact
of your resume for your targeted audience -- the hiring
manager or graduate school admissions director.
Before you begin, ask yourself these questions. Are you:
a lateral move?
admission into a graduate program?*
numbers 1-3 above, the most effective way to begin targeting
your resume is to search openings that appeal to you on
job boards (i.e. Monster, Hot Jobs. CareerJournal), internal
company postings, or newspaper classifieds.
With these in hand, you can highlight the qualifications
you will need to be considered and the duties you would
be expected to assume. Every match in terms of qualifications
and experience will serve as key words** in your resume,
as well as provide focus so that the resume can be tailored
for your targeted audience. The more closely the content
of your resume matches the content of these postings, the
more likely you will be asked to interview.
* Resumes provided for graduate school admission showcase
your skills, professional experience, accomplishments, and
academic history in much the same way as “job” resumes.
The difference is that an admissions resume will focus on
what transitions well to the classroom, not to the workplace.
** Key words include industry-specific jargon or acronyms
(i.e. "generally accepted accounting principles" (GAAP)
for accountants; "Certified Professional Resume Writer"
(CPRW) for resume writers; "Series 7 licensing" for brokers;
"initial public offering" (IPO) for investment bankers;
"at-risk child" for social workers; "Level 2 Training" for
physicians; "intellectual property law" for attorneys; "triage"
for nurses; and nouns or noun phrases indicating qualifications
or required tasks (i.e. general ledger, word processing,
contract negotiations, benefits, payroll, closing (for sales
people); catering services, new menu items, capacity planning
(for chefs); logistics, quality assurance, advertising campaigns,
product launches, staffing, training, orientations. Companies
that employ scanners require a set number of hits on key
words before the hiring manager will personally review the
applicant’s resume. It is always wise to incorporate as
many key words as possible into your resume.